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When an SD card is reformatted all of the data on it, including any photographs and pictures you had stored, will be entirely erased. If you discover you still need some of the pictures after reformatting it is still possible to recover them by using a file recovery program or some other methods.

How to Recover Pictures from SD Cards

Step 1

Insert your SD card into your computer. Windows should detect this and give you an option to open the folder. Note the drive letter here (such as "F:/") and close the window.

Step 2

Open the freeware you've installed to attempt and recover your files. View the resources section of this article for several options. In the software, browse to the drive associated with your SD card (such as "F:/"). It may be labeled "Removable Disk." Click on this drive.

Step 3

Review the list of files displayed under this directory. These are the deleted files the program is able to recover. You may right-click on individual files to save them to your hard drive, or check mark multiple files at once and then click on an option such as "Recover marked files."
If you can not recover the lost files in this way, you can try CardRecovery which is an easy-to-use card recovery software that can effectively recover deleted or lost photos, music, video, and multimedia files from almost all digital cards after instances like deletion, corruption and formatting, etc.

How to Restore Pictures with CardRecovery

Step 1

Double-Click the CardRecoveryPro and open it.

Step 2

Connect the device and select the destination folder.

Step 3

Scan and select the files you want to recover.

Step 4

Press recover and get what you want.

Tips

  • After accidentally deleting files from a memory card, do not attempt to copy additional files onto the card before attempting file recovery as this will overwrite the files and make them much more difficult if not impossible to recover.
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